Norah was enjoying all the extra attention up until the tourniquet was placed on her arm, and she was held down to place an IV. From that moment on, she was hysterical until the infusion was complete despite Trey, the music therapist trying his best to keep her calm and relaxed.
When she was all done she was spoiled with some great Mommy and Daddy cuddles.
I don't know who was more exhausted Norah or her parents.
Norah shows off her wounds from the day.
Now Norah is chilling in her crib, smelling up the hotel room. The stem cells have a preservative added to them called DMSO. When the cells are thawed and rinsed, not all of this is able to be removed. So once the cells are infused into Norah, the DMSO is excreted through her skin. Since the DMSO is corn based, it has that scent to it. We are affectionately calling Norah our little corn cake. We are so thankful that we are able to give Norah this opportunity ad pray the stem cells find their was to her brain over the next 3 to 6 months (that's the amount of time it take to get there, talk about a scenic route).
Exciting news, Norah has enough stem cells left for a 3rd infusion if we decide that she needs it. Even if she doesn't receive another infusion right away, it's nice to know she'll have those cells still available.
Thanks to Dr. Kurtzberg and all the staff at Duke, you have been so wonderful and helpful.